Rions (from the Latin Riucium or “built on rock”) is one of the region’s oldest medieval towns. Fortified around the 12th century, Rions has managed to preserve its old ramparts, restored over the centuries, as well as its narrow winding streets bordered by old picturesque buildings.The “Grand Bern” is an island formed by an arm of the Garonne River at the site of the château’s vineyard.
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A.O.C. : Bordeaux Supérieur rouge
District : Rions
Vineyard surface area : 37 hectares
Terroir : Alluvial sandy sediments along the Garonne River
Grape varieties : 85% Merlot,t 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Average vine age : 20 years
Viticulture : Traditional Bordeaux-style vine training, with two canes and a flat arch. Controlled grassing-down of the vine rows or mechanical working of the soil, to improve the soils’ vitality and biodiversity. Manual “green pruning”, for a homogeneous distribution and proper aeration of the grape bunches. Mechanical grape harvesting.Sustainable farming methods are applied to the entire vineyard, which enjoys Haute Valeur Environnementale (“High Environmental Value”) certification.
Vinification : Destemming, crushing and vatting. Cold pre-fermentation maceration during 72 hours, to delicately extract colour and fruitiness. Fermentation and maceration in stainless-steel, temperature-controlled tanks during 15 days on average, for controlled extraction.
Ageing : Half in French-oak barrels, half in stainless-steel tanks.
Tasting notes :This wine offers wonderfully ripe red berry aromas and a lovely balance in the mouth. Remarkably mellow tannins.Ideal for red meats.
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